Quick repairs to allow Rockland school to reopen Monday

By Stephen Betts | Apr 21, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Multiple windows were broken during a break-in early Saturday morning at the South School in Rockland.

Rockland — Repairs were made over the weekend at South School, meaning the elementary school in Rockland will be open Monday, April 22.

The South School was broken into early Saturday morning.

There was damage to doors and interior door windows, Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said in an email Saturday morning.

The nurse's office was broken into and students' medications were stolen, McDonald said. "Parents of South School students who had their medications stored at school should make arrangements to replace them," McDonald said.

On Sunday, McDonald sent a follow-up message saying that an outstanding effort by the custodial staff and a fast response by Pen Bay Glass would allow the school to reopen Monday. Initially, the superintendent had said the school would be closed Monday.

The messages were sent to parents by the one-call automated system.

The Rockland Police Department is investigating the incident.

"If you have questions regarding this, please feel free to call the school Monday or make a personal visit. This is a very troubling incident and anyone with information they would like to share should contact the Rockland Police," he said.

RSU 13 Business Manager Peter Orne said the alarm at the school activated shortly after 2 a.m. Screens had been cut in windows and one window had been left unlocked but closed.

The person or people then made their way from that room to the nurse's office.

This burglary and theft is similar to one which occurred March 31, 2016 in which someone broke into the elementary school and stole medication.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 21, 2019 17:18

So sad that drugs are available and people become addicted. That really is a sad response of the Rockland Police.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Apr 21, 2019 10:25

So there was an alarm, but no cameras ?  The alarm was tripped at 2AM probably not a busy time of day for the Rockland police department.  Most likely a patrol car would have been no more than a mile away.  Yet the intruder or intruders broke into an office and stole drugs (surprise, surprise ) and escaped without a trace.  A school was broken into. I can easily obtain that information on my police scanner.  Where's the rest of the story ?

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